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By Gordon L. Rottman

Rottman's most modern identify discusses the unique reorganization of Vietnam forces, from the unique colonial constitution carried out by means of the French into the 1st nationwide military of Vietnam. whole with an in depth historical past of the command constitution and orders of conflict, Rottman sheds gentle at the little recognized divisional histories of the military via infrequent, unique resource fabric. additionally, the writer examines intimately the evolution of such key devices as armoured forces, ranger instructions in addition to wrestle unit association. This, including an in depth research of the studies of the common rank and dossier soldier in addition to officer corps, presents a concise and and in-depth historical past of a military that's too frequently overlooked or fast judged.

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H1: Maj or-general One of the common uniforms was this white service dress for formal occasions. This Thieu Tuong wears a general officer’s cap with gold embroidered leaves and blossoms on the black chinstrap and the gold-edged peak, and the large badge is surmounted by a star. The four-pocket tunic has pleated breast pockets and straight-flapped, unpleated side pockets, and a line of white braid around the cuffs; the matching Two National Police Field Force officers wearing their tan-and-brown speckled camouflage uniforms – see Plate G3 – fighting alongside a Ranger (left) wearing a tiger-stripe uniform.

Despite the severe shortages of officers and NCOs, pay was low and promotions extremely slow, and more often based on time-in-service than merit. Officers commanding units were more often than not a grade or two lower than the authorized rank; colonels instead of major-generals might command divisions, and battalions were frequently led by captains rather than lieutenant-colonels. While the ARVN as a whole are often accused of apathy in the defense of their country, there are many examples of dedicated officers and men.

The same black helmet and red-and-white stripes marked “KS” was worn by unit-appointed police patrols, and with reversed white-and-red stripes and “TC” (Taun Chan – patrol) by the National Police. 47 INDEX References to illustration captions are shown in bold. Plates are shown with page and caption locators in brackets. administrative companies 16, 17 air defense battalions 17 airborne battalions 23, D1, 6(28, 45) airborne brigades 16, 23, 24 Airborne Division 6, 11, 16, 17, 18, 21, 21, 22, 23–4, D1–9(28, 45), H1(32, 47), 33, 36, 41, 42, 45, 46 Airborne Group/task forces 16, 24 An Loc, siege of 20, 21, 23 antitank missiles: D2(28, 45), 34 APCs F1(30, 46), 37, 37, 38 Armor Command/School 10, 37 Armor Corps 5, F1–3(30, 46), 36–8 armored brigades 17, 38 armored cars/car troops 36, 37, 38, 39 armored cavalry brigades/groups 12 armored cavalry brigades/groups/regiments/ squadrons 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, F1, 4(30, 46), 37, 38 artillery 4, 9, 15, 16, 17, 35, 36, 36, 39 artillery battalions 9, 13, 15–16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 35, 36, 39 artillery batteries/platoons 17, 35, 36 Artillery Command 11, H2(32, 47) base defense duties/units 34, 36 battalion headquarters companies 17 bazookas 34, 35, 37 Binh Xuyen bandits 8 Border Ranger battalions 17, 33 Cambodia 5, 6, 14, 20, 22, 23, 24 Cao Dai/Hoa Hao religious sects 8, 21, 22 Capital Military District 11, 13, 24 carbines 4, 18, 24, G1(31, 46), 34 casualties/casualty rates 5, 8 Civil Guard/Frontier Guard 19, 38 Civilian Irregular Defense Group 14, 33 Combined Action Battalion program 39 communications battalions 10, 17, 34 company weapons platoons 33, 34, 34 conscription/draft/desertion 40, 41–2 corps (I–IV) 12, 13, 16, 17, 23, 36, 38 corps armored cavalry regiments 12, 37 corps artillery battalions 12, 15, 17, 36 corps engineer battalions/group 12 Corps Tactical Zones (I–IV) 11, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 33, 36, 39 Da Nang 13, 18, 19, 20, 33 Demilitarized Zone 5, 13, 17, 18, 19, 38 Democratic Republic of Vietnam 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 15 Diem, President 7, 9, 10, 11, 19, 21, 24 district/province chiefs 12, 13, 38, 39 dog/name tags/tapes 12, E2(29, 45–6), 43 Easter Offensive (1972) 19, 42 electronic warfare detachments 16 engineer battalions/companies/groups 13, 15, 16, 17, 23, 40 ethnic minority groups/units 19, 23, 41 field divisions 9, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21 forward command posts 18 French forces (CEFEO) 3, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 9, 23, A1–3(25, 43–4), D1(28, 45) 48 General Reserve units 5, 11, 13, 17, 33 grenade-launchers/grenades/grenadiers 16, 17, A1(25, 43), C1(27, 44–5), G1–2(31, 46–7), 34, 35, 41 headquarters companies/squadrons 16, 17, 33, 34, 37 headwear 7, 12, 21, 22, A1–2(25, 43), B1–2(26,44), C1–2(27, 44–5), D1(28, 45), E1–2(29, 45), F1(30, 46), G3(31, 47), H1–3(32, 47), 35, 41 independent infantry regiments 14, 16, 18, 21, 22, 23 infantry battalions/companies 15, 16–17, 18, 19, 24, 33, 34 infantry divisions 12, 14–24, 19, 21, B2(26, 44), 31, 35–6, 37, 38, 39 infantry regiments 14, 15–17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 34, 39 infantry squad leaders B2(26, 44) intelligence companies/sections 10, 15 Joint General Staff 10–11, 12, 13, 23, H1(32, 47), 37 Laos 5, 6, 18 L’Armée Nationale Vietnamienne (ANV) 6, 7–8, 8, 9, 18, 20, 23, A1–3(25, 43–4) light divisions 9, 12–13, 15, 16, 21, 22 light mobile strike forces 15 long-range (recon) patrol units 16, 24 MAAG 8, 10, 15 machine gunners/guns 3, 15, A2(25, 43), E1(29, 45), 33, 34, 34 35, 37, 41 Marine Brigade/Group 16 Marine Division 6, 11, 16, 17, 18, 21, 41 mechanized battle groups/platoons 37–8, 39 mechanized rifle companies/sqns 37, 38 medical battalions 16, 17, 23 medical companies/platoons 15, 16, 34 Mekong Delta 5, 13, 19, 19, 20, 21, 22 Military Police 16, 17, H3(32, 47), 40 Military Regions (I–V) 10, 12–13, 15, 19, 20, 24, 33, 39 morale/motivation 4, 5, 16, 21, 41 mortar battalions/platoons 16, 34, 36, 39 mortar gunners/sections 15, 34 mortars 9, 15, 15, 16, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38 National Police Field Force G3, 7(31, 47), 34, 47 Nung (ethnic Chinese) troops 19 O’Daniel, LtGen John W.

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